Distracted driving is one of the most dangerous practices on the road today. Drivers who are not paying attention can drift into the opposing lanes, run stop signs, hit pedestrians in the crosswalks, run cyclists off of the road, and much more. Everyone needs to pay attention and keep their eyes on the road to stay safe, but far too many people neglect to do it.
To really understand what the issue looks like, take a look at these statistics:
- Most people (56.7%) will drink and/or eat in the car.
- Most who own iPhones (58.6%) said that, if they got a text while driving, they really felt outside pressure to read it and respond.
- Interestingly, those who use Android phones instead made the same claim just 17.7% of the time.
- When asked if they would chat over video as they drove, a staggering 70.4% of iPhone users said they would.
- When asked if distractions made them less safe drivers, the largest percentage was 37.1%, who claimed that it did.
That last statistic is one of the most interesting ones from the whole study. When you look at the other numbers, you see how often people get distracted and how negligent they are. You may think that is because they just don’t know how dangerous it is or that they think it’s safe. However, this stat shows that a lot of them do know that it’s risky. They just choose to do it all the same.
If a distracted driver injures you in a crash, you must know what legal options you have to seek compensation. An experienced advocate can help you pursue a fair remedy.